CARB Documents Reveal Two Yamaha FJ-09 Models

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

The California Air Resources Board today released executive orders on two Yamaha models: the FJ09FCGY and FJ09FCR. Both to be based on the current FZ-09 engine and chassis (MT-09 in Europe).

In March of this year, MO’s resident sleuth, Dennis Chung, revealed Yamaha filed a trademark application for the FJ09 name. Then in August, Yamaha filed a trademark for the design of a new adventure-touring model which appears to be an FZ-09 with a headlight fairing, and windscreen, as seen in the photo above.

Although details at this moment are scarce, it’s a safe bet that one of the two model designations will be used for this adventure-touring model. We imagine the final version will retain the 17-inch wheels seen here, while having provisions for luggage. It may even share features with Yamaha’s sport-touring rig, the FJR1300, and come with options like cruise control and electronic suspension.

As for the second model designation, our best guess is a half-faired pseudo sport-tourer, perhaps vaguely similar in execution to the old FJ1100 or FJ600. If Yamaha does go this route and bring back a classic model designation for a new bike, it will get instant name recognition from fans of the old FJ-series. Meanwhile, Yamaha will simultaneously expand the model platforms for its 847cc three-cylinder from one bike to three. Considering one of the FZ-09’s major selling points is its affordability, we would expect the FJ09 series of models to also undercut their competition in the price wars.

More details to come as they’re announced.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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